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About Us

Forward Edge is a 501(c)3 relief and development organization based in Vancouver, WA with international programs in eight different countries.

Our Vision

is to see people around the world overcome spiritual and material poverty through Jesus Christ.

Our Mission

is to transform the lives of children trapped in poverty through Christ-centered, holistic care.

CORE VALUES

Listening

We listen to God because we want to join His plans, not ask Him to join ours. We also listen to others (especially those we’re serving) because wisdom is found in humility and diverse counsel. Humble prayer is at the heart of every task, every meeting, every workday, and every decision.   

Proverbs 3:6, John 5:19 

Faith in Action

The gospel is both word and action. You cannot have one without the other. Declaring and demonstrating the good news of Jesus Christ has always been – and will always be – at the heart of everything we do.

James 2:14-18, Romans 10:14-15

Children

It all starts with children. They are the present and the future. Our programs equip and empower children to flourish and become gospel-centered agents of change in their families and communities for generations to come. 

Matthew 19:14, Proverbs 22:6

Empowerment

We do things with people instead of for them. We fuel the vision and dreams of local leaders who know best how to empower their own. Our aim is to help every person pursue the good works God prepared uniquely for them.  

Ephesians 4:16, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 

Trusted Relationships

Our God is relational and loves to advance His work through meaningful relationships. We serve one another, care for one another, work with one another, and dream with one another. We always prioritize people over projects because nothing else in this world will continue into eternity. 

John 13:35, Colossians 3:1-2, 12-14 

Children's Programs

Cuba

Many families struggle to meet their basic needs. We’re feeding children both physically and spiritually.

Ghana

Bringing hope to children in desperate need of the gospel.

Haiti

Providing hope and help to vulnerable children, some of whom are trapped in a form of domestic slavery called restavek.

Kenya

Providing holistic care to children in the rural community of Kijabe who are especially vulnerable to being orphaned and suffer from severe poverty and malnutrition.

Kosovo

Families in Kosovo are still trying to rebuild their lives after war. We’re giving practical help to children and hope for a better future.

Mexico

Serving extremely poor families in Olimpo on the outskirts of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Nicaragua

There are many in need in Nicaragua. We are reaching the next generation of boys and girls with the love of Christ.

Uganda

Children in the slums of Uganda, many of whom are orphans, are given tools to build brighter futures through our Light a Candle program.

1. We believe in God the Father, who through Christ created the heavens and earth, who is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power.

2. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, fully God and fully man, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in this life, making atonement for the sins of the world by His death on the cross.

3. We believe in His resurrection, His ascension into heaven, and His high-priestly intercession for His people that they may experience full salvation and His indwelling presence.

4. We believe in His personal, visible return to earth according to His promise.

5. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead, sent to convict the world of sin, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower those who believe in Jesus Christ.

6. We believe that all people by nature and by choice are sinners, but that God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

7. We believe that those who put their faith in Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice in God’s presence for eternity, but those who refuse to put their trust in Him will be forever separated from Him.

8. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, divinely and uniquely inspired, absolutely trustworthy, and having supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

9. We believe in the Church, the body of Christ, of which Christ Himself is the Head, and of which all regenerated people are members.

10. We believe that Christ commissioned the Church to proclaim the gospel in word and deed throughout the world, to encourage believers in the faith, and to teach and train believers in the principles of godly, fruitful living.

11. We believe God created human beings male and female in His image, and designed sexual relations to be experienced only in the context of marriage between one biological man and one biological woman. These parameters were created to help us reflect His unique characteristics and understand Christ’s devoted relationship to His Church. Only when we embrace them can we flourish under His created order (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:24; Matt. 19:1-11; 1 Cor. 6:9; Eph. 5:22-33; Heb. 13:4). This position also aligns with the cultural perspectives in our program locations, increasing unity as we serve together.

History

For the first 22 years of our history, we were primarily a short-term missions agency engaged in a wide range of ministry activities. In 2005, following Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, Forward Edge transitioned into a full-fledged relief and development organization with ongoing field programs directed by local leaders in some of the world’s poorest countries. The majority of our short-term missionaries now serve in locations where we have ongoing children’s programs, including Cuba, Haiti, Ghana, Kenya, Kosovo, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Uganda. 

This unique history has positioned us to not only understand what it takes to engage in effective, cross-cultural development, but also provide meaningful mission opportunities that strategically support ongoing programs in the field and contribute towards lasting change. We invite you to be part of God’s unique work through Forward Edge! 

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1983

Our first mission team serves in Prato, Italy, ministering to recovering drug addicts and sharing the Gospel in the local piazzas.

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1980s

Teams help construct children’s homes in Guatemala and Nicaragua.

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1985

Dental teams provide care in the remote highlands of Guatemala.

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1986

Our first medical team serves in Nicaragua.

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1980s-1990s

Evangelism teams serve in the UK, China, Cuba, Russia, Romania, numerous Summer Olympic Games, and among unreached people groups in Nepal and Tibet.

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1992

Our first disaster-recovery team serves in Florida following Hurricane Andrew.

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1990s

Teams serve on Native American reservations, including the Crow (Montana), Navajo (New Mexico), and White Mountain Apache (Arizona).

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1999

After the 1999 Balkan War, teams come to the aid of widows and orphans in Kosovo.

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2000s

Teams serve the materially poor in Oaxaca, Mexico by pouring concrete floors and performing cataract-removal surgeries that restore sight to the blind.

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2001

Following 9/11, teams serve at ground zero in NYC, preparing meals for workers, and manning “prayer stations” nearby.

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2005

Over 3,000 team members help Hurricane Katrina survivors rebuild on the Gulf Coast.

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2008

Our first children’s program begins in Nicaragua as a home for girls rescued from Managua’s largest open-air garbage dump and we drill wells on the Atlantic coast providing safe drinking water to thousands. We begin our second children’s program in Kijabe, Kenya.

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2010

Our children’s program in Oaxaca, Mexico launches, and over 1,000 team members serve in Haiti after the devastating earthquake.

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2016

Our children’s program in Cuba launches, and a partnership forms with The Transformation Center serving the homeless and vulnerable in Baltimore, MD.

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2017

We begin our children’s program in Les Cayes, Haiti, serving children at risk of entering restavek, a form of domestic slavery.

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2018

Our new children’s program in Kampala, Uganda launches, serving over 400 children living in slums, and we reach 20,000 short term missionaries sent!

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2010-2020

Domestic disaster-recovery teams serve fire, flood, tornado, and hurricane survivors in Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, and Florida. Also, international disaster-recovery teams serve in the Philippines, Mexico, Haiti, and Nepal.

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2023

Our children’s programs in northern Ghana and Kosovo begin.

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Our Founder

Forward Edge International was founded by Joseph Anfuso in 1983 through the conviction and inspiration of Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Joseph’s passion was to help each Christ-follower hear and respond to God’s call.   

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Financials

We are committed to transparency and to responsibly managing the support entrusted to us. Through extensive program evaluation, strategic planning, and board governance, we leverage contributions for maximum impact.

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85% TO PROGRAMS

Only 15% of your gift to our programs will be set aside for administration and fundraising costs.

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REAL TRANSFORMATION

Our children’s programs have proven effective towards long-term, holistic transformation.

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